FREE DIVING PROGRAM
Arrival International flight (Quito or Guayaquil).
The guide will be waiting for welcome you and escorted to the hotel. You will receive some instructions for your Galapagos flight next day.
Galapagos flight from Quito or Guayaquil
Departure flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island where your naturalist guide will pick you up. Immediate transfer to the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will see for the first time the iconic Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild along with the famous Darwin finches and unique endemic and native plant species. Lunch at the farm and transfer to the town of Puerto Ayora, to check in at the hotel of your choice. Dinner on your own.
DAY 3 - Bartolome / Sullivan Bay
The Pinnacle rock of Bartolome is one of the most famous rocks of the islands. It is an upright triangular remnant of a volcanic cone.
Bartolome, a small Island of 1.2 square kilometers has a fantastic landscape and beautiful golden color beaches. The exact age of this island is unknown, but by its geological composition and general characteristics indicate that the Island is quite young.
The coastal strip presents lush green mangroves and is an ideal place free diving and snorkeling.
Sullivan Bay is located southeast of Santiago. The main attraction of this site is a lava field formed just over a century ago. You can see large flows of lava and grooves that offer a huge opportunity for geological and volcanic interpretation.
As far as our free diving activities, there will be plenty of chances to free dive in Bartolome and on Sullivan Bay, with many opportunities to see white tip reef sharks, tropical fish, and the only species of penguin found near the Equator, the Galapagos penguin.
DAY 4 - Las Bachas/North Seymour
Las Bachas consists of two beaches of 1 km of length, which are joined by a sandy path in the north part of Santa Cruz Island. Its name has a peculiar origin. When World War II ended, the US Army left two abandoned barges on the beach, and the locals could not pronounce the name in English, so it became “Las Bachas”.
At las Bachas, we will have the chance to stroll along the beautiful white coral sand beaches and visit some brackish lagoons where coastal and shore birds can be found.
After Bachas, the highlight will be the visit to North Seymour Island, a small island north of Baltra, with incredible wildlife. Nesting colonies of Great and Magnificent Frigate birds and blue-footed boobies are found here as well as an important land iguana population, originally form Baltra Island.
Freediving here is the real gem, with great opportunities to encounter white tip reef sharks, garden eels, Galapagos sharks and hopefully some hammerheads sharks too.
DAY 5 - Chinese Hat
A small Islet that lies about 150 meters off the southeast coast of Santiago, where a natural shallow channel of turquoise water is formed between Island shores. The islet has the shape of a Chinese hat when seen from afar, thus its name.
On the west side, you can see lava formations such as pillow lavas, which are an indicator that underwater flows have been raised outwards, reason why many white coral heads are found along the small trail where sea lions, lava lizards and Galapagos hawks are common species to see.
Snorkel and free dive are fantastic water activities here, with common encounters with white sharks, eagle rays and Galapagos penguins.
DAY 6 - South Plaza / Carrion Point
South Plazas Island is located east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas, separated by a natural channel. The island has an area of 13 hectares and a height of 25m. The landing is on the north coast of the South Plaza.
The island has an important sea lion colony, usually very active. On the cliffs located in the south – east of the island, you can see red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, blue and Nazca boobies as well as Galapagos shearwaters.
Home also to an important colony of land iguanas, this is the only place where hybrid iguanas have been reported, a result of crossing of a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.
After visiting South Plazas, the Adriana will take us to Punta Carrion, located northeast of Santa Cruz, where we will jump in the water to free dive and snorkel with colorful schools of tropical fish, rays and white tipped reef sharks.
DAY 7 - Galapagos flight to Quito or Guayaquil
After breakfast, you will be transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. Upon arrival to Guayaquil or Quito, a transfer will be also ready for you.
International flight departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure Flight.